Korea’s Ji-Sun Kim continues to be a major story here in Lethbridge at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship at the Enmax Centre.
Tuesday in Draw 10, she ran her record to 5-1 and a first-place tie with Canada’s Heather Nedohin after pulling another rabbit out of the proverbial hat coming back from 8-5 down to Lene Nielsen of Denmark, scoring a deuce in nine, stealing one in 10 and then putting up a series of high guards that made it impossible for the Danes to exploit. Another steal and make the final 9-8.
Struggling with just the right English words to answer how she felt after the win, the trembling, diminutive Kim said:
“Very fun, or very terrible, or unbelievable, I don’t know,” said the smiling skip who said the win was likely her biggest on the international stage.
Kim described her early play as “terrible,” but added the team showed up when the game was on the line.
“In nine and ten ends, I really, really wanted to win. So we are winners.”
Sweden took a tumble in Draw 10, missing a chance to join the Canadians and Koreans atop the table, losing 7-3 to Russia. That game’s highlight was no mystery, a five-ender by the Russians in six to salt the affair.(Continued Below…)
Draw 10 Photos
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It was a key win for the Russians who move to 3-4. They dropped a tough morning draw to Canada.
“It was a really great end (five in sixth), it was actually difficult because you already know you have four, but to make the shot to get the fifth. And we did it and finally and the main thing is for a curler to believe in themselves, and we did it,” said skipper Anna Sidorova, who adds while her team still feels a little fatigued, they are more confident and looking forward to the night off.
The Swedes, now 4-2, are back on the ice this evening in what some have surmised could be a preview of Sunday’s final, taking on the Nedohin crew.
What the afternoon draw did create is a logjam of teams at 3-4 making the prospects of tiebreakers Friday appear lurking.
Scotland’s Eve Muirhead fought her way into that fray with a tidy 8-5 win over the Czech Republic.
Muirhead, who admittedly struggled with the stones early in the week, says she is feeling more comfortable now at an important juncture in the draw.
“That was a solid performance, and I felt we did play well against Switzerland as well. I’m throwing it well and the stock shots are starting to come off well,” she said.
A big bounceback win, Muirhead was asked if she was making it ‘tough’ on herself, doing things the Scottish way.
“Yes, I like to do it like the Scots. Don’t want to fire too early,” laughs Muirhead, who will enjoy the evening off. (Continued below…)
Melanie Robillard’s Germans also climbed into the four-way tie with a 9-6 win over Italy’s Diana Gaspari.
The key shot in that contest, a great set up by Robillard for a three spot in nine, was one of the few shots she made all day, by her own admission.
“Every game we’re getting better and better, I’m getting to know the releases a lot better,” said Robillard.
“I’m really exhausted. I’m not used to being in the house and doing so much thinking,” she added.
Italy drops to another group of 2-4 teams which includes the U.S., Czechs, and China.
That sets up a few key tilts tonight including the Chinese and Koreans, Swiss and Czechs, and what will virtually be an elimination game between the States and Italians.
A reminder tonight’s draw is a late start, 8 p.m. local.